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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid family and medical leave combats poverty, gives children a healthy start, and lowers the wage gap between women and men by providing structural support to balance work and family.

Selena's Story

Selena's baby boy, Connor, was born six weeks early. As Connor was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care unit, Selena found herself alone in a hospital bed realizing that she was going to go home well before her baby. "There was no way we could afford for me to take off more than we planned,” recalls Selena. So after Selena had the baby on Thursday, she was released from the hospital Friday, and was back at her desk on Monday morning. “It was the hardest two and a half weeks of my life,” she says recalling the ache of being away from her newborn son.

Click here to watch a segment of the Motherhood Manifesto documentary to learn more about Selena's story and why we all need access to paid family and medical leave.


Know the Facts

  • Right now only 13 (!!!) percent of Americans have access to paid family leave through their employer and only 37% have personal medical leave provided through an employer.
  • Although the current Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows some employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave, it only covers about 60 percent of employees.
  • A quarter of all poverty spells in the United States are because of having a baby.
  • The U.S is one of the only countries in the world that doesn't offer paid leave to new mothers.
  • Paid family leave has been shown to reduce infant mortality by as much as 20% (and the U.S. ranks a low 37th of all countries in infant mortality).
  • Paid leave improves worker retention, which saves employers money through reduced turnover cost.


What You Can Do

MomsBlogging on Maternity & Paternity Leave

Raising Corporate Awareness of Benefits of Paid Leave

Posted April 3, 2018 by Angela Romei

Over the past several years the conversation about paid leave has launched to new heights. National attention is evident by the more than 300 articles on paid leave surfacing daily. Public policy is also picking up speed with five states and the District of Columbia passing legislation for paid family and medical leave. Yet with [...]

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#5Actions of the Week: March 30, 2018

Posted March 30, 2018 by Karen Showalter

With the student leaders’ call to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE still ringing in our ears, MomsRising is gearing up to make sure as many people as possible heed that call. Through our #MomsVote program, we're getting ready to get out the vote — including making sure as many people as possible are registered and at the [...]

How to Fill the Rest of 2018

Posted March 29, 2018 by Lecia Imbery

A piece in The Hill today says that “Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year…” It goes on to say that legislative activity will slow down dramatically after Congress returns from its spring recess so members can spend more time campaigning before the November midterm elections. As such, GOP leaders are trying to [...]

TAKE ACTION: TELL MA LAWMAKERS → Enact paid leave!

Posted March 6, 2018 by Tina Sherman

Take ActionThe fight for paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts is on fire in Boston right now! We have a real chance of winning in Massachusetts this year, but only lawmakers keep hearing from you.   → Sign here to ask your state legislator to make enact paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts [...]

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